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274 Ratings

Richard III

Directed by Laurence Olivier
United Kingdom, 1955
Drama, Biography, History


As director, producer, and star, Laurence Olivier transfigures Shakespeare’s great historical drama Richard III into a mesmerizing vision of Machiavellian villainy.

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Richard III Directed by Laurence Olivier

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1956 | Winner: Silver Bear International Prize

Academy Awards

1957 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Critics reviews

Anyone who says the power of Richard III isn’t dependent on Olivier’s tremendous turn is openly courting contrariness (and not-unreasonable derision), but this isn’t to say that he alone makes the film so thoroughly compelling in vision and narrative. Olivier’s camera lures the audience into the pit in collusion with Olivier’s performance, sneakily gliding around into and outside of conversations mounting a myriad of conspiracies.
April 29, 2013
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The strongest and most spectacular of Olivier’s Shakespeare films… Seen, again on a monitor 57 years later, I was surprised to discover the most sumptuously florid color movie made in the 1950s UK this side of “The Red Shoes”…
April 20, 2013
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